Gerard Joseph Batten (born 27 March 1954, London) is a Member of the European Parliament for London for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He was first elected in 2004. He sits as a UKIP member of the Independence and Democracy Group.
Gerard Batten was a founder member of the UKIP in September 1993. He was the first Party Secretary, from 1994 to 1997. He has fought local elections, a by-election, and two UK General Elections.
He was first elected a Member of the European Parliament in June 2004, and for a second five-year term in June 2009. He sits as a UKIP member of the Independence and Democracy Group, as well as on the European Parliament's misnamed Civil Liberties Justice and Home Affairs Committee. He has campaigned against the European Arrest Warrant and the development of the EU's 'common legal instruments' that are destroying England's centuries old liberties and protections against unjust arrest and imprisonment.
At the 2007 UK Independence Party conference, he was selected as the party's candidate to contest the London mayoral election, 2008. He stood in the 2009 UKIP leadership election, coming second with 26% of the vote.
Batten was appointed a member of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence in July 2004 until 2009, during which time he wrote on how Britain's defences were being gradually subsumed into a European defence force - a European Army. In 2007 he co-Chaired UKIP's Defence Policy Committee with Rear-Admiral Richard Heaslip. The Committee's recommendations were later published as the Party's Defence Policy. Shortly afterwards Batten was appointed UKIP's official spokesman on Security and Defence. In this role, he has attacked the Labour government's plans to introduce Identity Cards.
In 2007 he was the Chairman of UKIP's Immigration Policy Committee and authored (with the assistance of Fiona Wise, Professor Stephen Bush & Lynnda Robson) the policy paper that was delivered to the Party later that year. It was revised and updated and published in March 2010 as a quality 50 page A5 booklet entitled Immigration: Action Overdue. (Batten's second wife is Asian). He wrote a UKIP Immigration Update 'Discussion Document' in September 2013 where, under the sub-heading "Overcrowded Britain:Unsustainable Population Growth" he estimated that the UK's population would be over 73 million by 2035 and that "the majority of this population growth can be shown to be due to immigration and births to immigrants. The continuous population growth is simply unsustainable." He called for a new Ministry of Immigration and a Minister directly responsible to the Prime Minister and said the UK should withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights and repeal the UK Human Rights Act (1998).
On May 21, 2011, he, with his wife, was guest-of-honour and speaker at the annual dinner of the Traditional Britain Group at the Charing Cross Hotel in central London.
In April 2006, Batten stated that a London constituent and former FSB agent, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Litvinenko, had been told that Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, had been the KGB's "man in Italy", demanding an inquiry into the allegations. Batten told the European Parliament that Litvinenko had been warned by FSB deputy chief General Anatoly Trofimov that there were numerous KGB agents among Italian politicians, and that "Romano Prodi is our man in Italy". According to the Brussels-based newspaper EU Reporter on 3 April 2006, "another high-level source, a former KGB operative in London, has confirmed the story." Among the most serious claims, by Batten's account, is that Prodi assisted in the protection of KGB operatives allegedly involved in the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981. The Italian parliamentary commission, the Guzzanti Commission, later concluded that KGB and GRU (Soviet military intelligence) did attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II. 
On 26 April 2006, Batten repeated his call for a parliamentary inquiry, stating that: "Former, senior members of the KGB are willing to testify in such an investigation, under the right conditions... It is not acceptable that this situation is unresolved, given the importance of Russia's relations with the European Union." 
On 11 November 2006, Lt Col Litvinenko was admitted to hospital with suspected poisoning after eating at a London restaurant and died on 23 November 2006. The police later concluded he has been poisoned with polonium - even a small dose of it is sufficiently lethal. Anatoly Trofimov was assassinated by unknown gunmen in April 2005. 
Taking on the Bilderberg Group
On 12 September 2011, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Batten made an extraordinary one-minute speech questioning why the media do not report on the annual Bilderberg meetings of some of the world's most powerful people. Here's a transcription of his speech, also available as a YouTube video:
“Thank you, Mr. President. The [European] Commission have recently replied to my written question confirming that Commissioners [Joaquin] Almunia and [Neelie] Kroes attended the Bilderberg meeting in St. Moritz in June. The Commission cannot tell me details of what was discussed, but that surely the Bilderberg meetings do not take decisions.
If Bilderberg meetings are just talking shops, why do the most powerful figures from around the world, including George Osborne, the [British] Chancellor of the Exchequer, bother to attend? What other summit of world leaders in politics, finance and business would go completely unreported in the mainstream media such as the BBC?
It’s impossible not to reach the conclusion that the non-reporting of these events is anything other than a conspiracy between the [Bilderberg] organizers and the media. It merely confirms the belief of many that the hidden agenda and purpose of the Bilderberg Group is to bring about undemocratic world government. It’s a disgrace that the European Commission is colluding in that.”
- Notice of result. Kingston Council. Retrieved on 2010-03-04.
- Interview: Mayoral candidate wants London free of the EU. Retrieved on 2008-02-21.
- "UKIP leadership: Runners and riders", BBC News, 19 November 2009
- UKIP opposition to identity cards
- Donnelly, Cillian (3 April 2006). Prodi Accused Of Being Former Soviet Agent. EU Reporter. Archived from the original on 2006-05-24. Retrieved on 2006-11-21.
- 'Multiple attempts' on Litvinenko. BBC (22 January 2007). Retrieved on 2007-03-01.
- Litvinenko footage emerges. ITV News (22 January 2007). Retrieved on 2007-03-01.
- Immigration: Action Overdue, by Gerard Batten, MEP, UK, March 2010. A biography of Batten appears on the back cover.
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